Thursday, February 11, 2016

From A Dark Place

There might be more to the Republicans’ preemptive strike on President Obama’s last budget than just financial disagreement.

Since he was elected, Obama has gone head to head with Republicans in Congress who have seemed to reject the president’s ideas with a ferocity that has been unrivaled. Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said that the decision not to entertain Donovan on the budget committee came from the committee chairmen, but that “we support the chairman.”

From his executive actions on immigration to his signature health care bill, Republicans have vowed at every turn to reverse Obama’s policies even after they have been implemented. In 2010, the now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), bluntly told National Journal that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

But, the backlash–especially on the President’s final budget–is raising eyebrows and questions about Congressional Republicans’ motivations.

“When I examine the GOP’s mistreatment of Barack Obama in the historical context of presidential scrutiny, I can only assume there are some deep, racial motivations behind their actions,” one senior staffer to a Congressional Black Caucus member said. “Republican leadership has long tried to disguise the racial undertones employed by some of their colleagues, but I think it’s painfully clear the disdain many have for President Obama comes from dark place.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA)–one of only two black Democrats on the House’s budget committee–said in a statement to TPM that “the decision of Budget Committee Republicans to reject the President’s budget – sight unseen, without even a hearing – further shows that Congressional Republican are glued to their extremist, Tea Party agenda.”

“It is clear from their budget proposals and actions that they have no interest in effectively governing or improving the lives of American families,” Lee said.

In other words, the GOP once again reminded Barack Obama that he’s black and they don’t like it.

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  1. They’ll do the same if Clinton or Sanders wins the White House. In order to be effective, they’re gonna need some awfully long coattails to switch the Senate and get enough folks in the House to be able to pass anything. Since the GOP was planning on obstruction and making Obama a one term President before he even took office, does anyone doubt they’ll do the same to any (D) who follows?

    Gotta keep the momentum going for the midterms, to solidify their ability to govern and try to get some folks in state and lower offices who would normally not be viable due to low turnout versus the (R) contingent. A 50 state program should be running every year to get more (D)’s into lower office, so they have experience to move up into higher office – many places only have (R) candidates on the ballot for lower level offices, and win by default – gotta make them fight for the position.

  2. The Republican Party has been taken over by ignorant, racist and Naziesque members. The media has given them enough coverage to make them into a supposedly strong force to be recon’d with. I refuse to believe that the average American voter is so mentally diluted that they will vote for any of the present candidates. If they are right, our country is in deep doo-doo.

    • Look at KS, KY, TX, WI, MI, or AZ. Run by the (R)’s and wholeheartedly supported by their voters – I particularly point out KY, since those folks knew up front their guy was going to work on getting rid of the state exchange, and make every effort to gut the ACA at the state level – people who only had insurance because of the ACA and KYnect. But if their guys vow to make it worse for ‘those people’, then it’s all good, and they’ll vote ’em into office.

      California, on the other hand, is seen as a mutant aberration (if spoken of at all by these folk) and a failure, because it raised taxes and is being run by a (D).

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